No matter what youtuber or reviewer you check out, they all seem to agree that Kaby Lake is more of a rebranded optimized Skylake. And also that they all think it is a lame move.
At the same time RyZen emerges. Timing could not have been better there.
I think Intel will feel this for the first time in a decade or so. They get punished for holding back on development and milking the market.
As i'm one of the potential clients, who has ran Intel for the last decade, i can already say that from a performance per dollar viewpoint, or simply overall performance, the RyZen will be a no-brainer.
As Intel does not change its policy with a similar launch price for the Kaby Lake as the Skylake had, they will get into troubled waters.
The new work station/enthusiast line-up, that will be launched in the second half of this year, will be based on Skylake/Kaby Lake architecture. Will it outperform the new RyZen? Maybe so. But will it force Intel to launch at less greedy retail prizes? Most likely.
Unless RyZen will cost 700-800 dollar. But rumored was 500$. And that is on par with Intels entry level hexacore from the current Broadwell generation. With 6900K performance. And that one goes for 1.200$, which is ridiculous. Not to mention the Decacore 6950K, that goes for a price for which you can build a complete high end PC.
Kaby Lake is still a good solid upgrade for common use. It is also available 2 months before RyZen, which will give them some advantage.
But for those who have the patience to wait until March....